IPL 2021: New Zealand’s Tim Seifert tested positive for COVID-19; to stay in India

New Zealand’s Tim Seifert failed in two pre-departure tests and would be isolating in Ahmedabad. He is the third KKR player to test positive for COVID-19.

New Zealand’s and Kolkata Knight Riders’ wicketkeeper-batsman tested positive for COVID-19 in the pre-departure test. This latest development won’t allow him to fly with other IPL based players to New Zealand. He will be currently isolating in Ahmedabad.

Tim would be later shifted to a private hospital in Chennai. It is learned that he has been experiencing moderate symptoms. Before he flies again, he has to test negative (for 14 days). For which he is under isolation.

Seifert failed two of his pre-departure PCR tests, according to a New Zealand Cricket (NZC) press release issued on Saturday. Seifert returned negative in seven of his ten tests.

According to the Indian cricket news website, Cricbuzz reports :

Seifert was among the New Zealand contingent who were to fly to New Zealand after IPL suspension in charter flights whereas some players will take a flight to the UK for World Test Championship (WTC) after being shifted to the Maldives after players weren’t feeling completely safe in a mini-bio secure bubble in New Delhi.

NZC chief executive David White said, “It’s really unfortunate for Tim and we’ll do everything for him that we can from this end,” White said. “Hopefully he will be able to test negative and be cleared and approved for discharge as soon as he’s well again.

“Since receiving the news we’ve organized support for Tim and have also — via the Players Association — been in contact with his family to ensure they’re kept fully informed and updated on developments,” he added.

Tim Seifert was bought as a replacement for USA-based fast bowler Ali Khan in October 2020. KKR already had two players – namely Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier who tested positive. While others who tested positive were DC’s Amit Mishra, SRH’s Wriddhiman Saha. CSK had their bowling coach Lakshmipathy Balaji and batting coach Michael Hussey tested positive earlier this week. IPL was suspended on Tuesday.

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